National Popular Vote Takes A Step Forward

April 26, 2018

Electing the President by the national popular vote took a step forward with House passage of House Bill 5421, that will allow Connecticut to join the 11 states in the NPV compact. Once the number of states that join have a cumulative 270 electoral votes, the president will be elected by the NPV.

If approved in the Senate and signed by the governor, Connecticut would be the 11th state plus the District of Columbia to become a member.

Under the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, once it goes into effect the states therein choose to allocate their electoral votes to the candidate who garners the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The compact takes effect only when enough states sign on to guarantee that the national popular vote winner wins the presidency. This means that states with a combined total of 270 electoral votes—a majority of the Electoral College—must join the compact for it to take effect.

The legislation is a key part of the Democratic Values Agenda for the 2018 legislative session - it now goes to the Senate for approval.